A Chosen Artist

Proje 4L / Elgiz Contemporary Art Center is hosting land artist Andrew Rogers’ work, Winding Path: The Search for Truth, through June 8. We spoke briefly with Rogers about Istanbul and his work.

Is there any specific place where you would like to work in Istanbul?
I suppose a lot of the historical areas, because, although my work is contemporary, it’s based on history and heritage. It’s based on people contemplating what’s important for the future.

 Why did you especially choose to make landart?
It chose me! It was by accident, when I was teaching. I suggested to people that occupy a desert area and were interested in tourism, “Why don’t we build a big sculpture?” Then, once we’ve done it, I thought, “Why don’t we just put some more in the area?” Then I thought, “Why don’t we do it in another country”? And then I thought, “Why don’t we have a set of drawings connected all over the world?” So, that’s how it happened.

 Winding Path: The Search for Truth is a smaller version of one of your previous works that was constructed in the Himalayas. How do you think the content changes when you change the location and dimensions of your work?
The message is still the same: a winding path, a search for truth. But because it’s in a different context, people’s feeling when they’re wandering through this labyrinth will be  different from when they are wandering in a natural environment.

 Let’s talk about your previous work in Turkey. You’ve worked, for example, in Cappadocia.
It’s a very fascinating area. The works I’ve done there took four years to build. There were three generations working on them: children, parents and grandparents. All local people. 

Andrew Rogers’ work, Winding Path: The Search for Truth, has the distinction of being the first landart in Istanbul. The work was installed in two days by a large team of mainly students.